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What must have been a side project for him, the book "How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built", was hugely influential to me as an architecture student. His observations of built works continually adapting to the evolving needs of users have obvious parallels in the world of software, and helped form the basis of how I approach UX and product design.



The mental model of "pace layers"[1] is a really insightful one. I've found it extremely useful to think about problems from a systems perspective - eg. what layer am I operating in and what layers may I encounter in the future? What might I expect from this layer (eg. dynamic, spontaneous vs. cautious, calculating), and how does that inform the decisions I should make?

[1] https://alexpetralia.github.io/2018/02/19/NL-2018-02-19.html


video documentary of the book with Stewart Brand hosting for anyone that's interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvEqfg2sIH0

Saw the documentary and now reading the book, it's good.




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